The readings of today turn our gaze to the ever provident nature of God. In the first reading, St James tells us of the importance of endurance in our quest for our desires as everything comes to us from God out of His benevolence and as He will. Jesus in the gospel reminds his disciples and each of us that he has and he will always provide for our needs. What He requires of us is to trust in His divine plan for us. This plan often times may not be in consonance with our human design but we must allow the Lord have his way as the psalmist tells us that blessed is the man who the Lord disciplines. Today therefore, let us learn to always trust in the providence of God and not solely on our endeavors.
Lord, help us to trust you even when the chips are down and we seem lost. Let your favor and providence find us. Amen.